Lambingan Falls is one of the plentiful waterfalls to chase in Sibuyan Island in the province of Romblon, Philippines. Lambingan is a Filipino word that translates to the exchange of sweetness between two people. Locals say the place is so called because couples would often date here during the old times. Lambingan Falls has different tiers of waterfalls and cool natural pools which are suitable for swimming.
Sibuyan Island, the Galapagos of Asia
Sibuyan Island, dubbed by international nature scientists as the Galapagos of Asia, has one of the richest diversity of flora and fauna, concentrated in its 445 square kilometer area. Hence, when in Sibuyan Island, expect to enjoy its lush mountains, hills, dense forests, endemic animals, seas, waterfalls and rivers. In other words, Sibuyan Island is an island paradise with unspoiled ecosystem.
Arriving at Ambulong Port in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island
We decided to visit Lambingan Falls upon arriving Sibuyan Island at lunch time and having less than half a day left to explore the island. Lambingan Falls is the nearest waterfalls from Sanctuary Garden Resort, where we checked in.
How to get to Lambingan Falls
Lambingan Falls is located in Magdiwang, Sibuyan Island, the same town where ferries bound to Romblon Island and Tablas Island dock. It is an 8 kilometer tricycle or car ride and a 10 minute walk to the foot of the falls. We hired a tricycle through Sanctuary Garden Resort at Php 300 for the roundtrip ride.
It took us about 20 minutes to reach the entrance to the falls. Entrance fee is Php 20 for children, Php 30 for local visitors and Php 100 for foreign visitors. From the entrance, our tricycle driver accompanied us to the short and easy hike to the waterfalls.
Entrance to Lambingan Falls
Mangrove forest right across the entrance to Lambingan Falls
At the first tier, we found children using the falls as their natural slide. On our way back, there was a group of local visitors having a picnic by the rocky side. They even offered us homemade bukayo (grated coconut meat fried with brown sugar), which our quite hungry stomachs found hard to decline to.
The first level of Lambingan Falls
Hiking further upstream led us to the main waterfalls, which we decided will be our chosen spot for swimming for the next couple of minutes. The water is cool and crystal clear, a perfect spot for a refreshing bath under the shades of the tropical forest.
The main falls
You may also want to read: How to Spend a Weekend in Biliran Island
Be a responsible visitor
There is nowhere to buy foods and drinks nearby or inside the area. You can bring your own food and drinks, but remember to collect your trash in a bag for disposal at your place of accommodation or public garbage bins later. Sibuyan Island is relatively an unspoiled travel destination. Let’s contribute to keeping it that way.
More about Romblon and Sibuyan Island on my next posts.
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